In the above video posted here at TFoTM, the crossing guard can be seen entering the crosswalk and holding up his hand held STOP sign to northbound and southbound traffic that have the right of way. Motorists travelling north on Westfield Ave., with the right of way, are being directed by the civilian crossing guard to stop. All the while there are NO pedestrians/students crossing in any direction, nor are there any waiting to cross or even within the vicinity of the intersection. The duty of the crossing guard is to safely cross students on their way to and from school.
Once the civilian crossing guard has waved all the vehicles through the STOP signs, in both eastbound and westbound directions, he exits the crosswalk and heads back to the curb allowing the appropriate authority, the law of Title 39 motor vehicle code to take over.
Approximately 5 minutes earlier, a vehicle travelling northbound on Westfield Ave. with the right of way was nearly "t-boned" by a vehicle travelling westbound on Park St.. The vehicle "blowing through" the STOP sign was in a line of traffic that had been waved through by the civilian crossing guard as the crossing guard exited the roadway with his back to oncoming northbound traffic.
As of this date there have been no responses to emails sent to town officials alerting them of this dangerous practice. Emails sent to Town Administrator Jim Gildea, Mayor Andy Skibitsky, Town Council Safety Committee Chairwoman JoAnn Neylan and Co-Chairman Keith Loughlin, Westfield's Police Chief and Traffic Safety Officer, have not been answered indicating this dangerous practice of civilian crossing guards directing motorists through STOP signs will not stop.
Absent any state law authorizing civilian crossing guards to direct motorists through STOP signs, who is liable should an accident occur and who is authorizing and/or allowing this dangerous practice to continue? Why haven't elected and appointed town officials responded?